Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Mighty Matildas - brief update
A match of rather more import is occurring tomorrow evening, with the Matildas playing their opening game in the Women's World Cup, against Ghana in the picturesque lakeside city of Hangzhou.
The Matildas' semi-final win over Japan in the Asian qualifiers, which ensured their participation in the main event, did not attract much notice at the time; a pity, since the first successful Asian qualifying campaign for a World Cup by a senior Australian football side surely represented a milestone of sorts.
Australia has qualified for the event before, of course, but has failed to progress past the first round in previous instalments. With their Asian experience - and two heartening lead-up wins over China - behind them, Tom Sermanni's troops must fancy their chances to do better in this tournament. The key game will probably be their final group match with Canada, in Chengdu next week.
Best of luck to the team, and a vote of thanks to SBS for allowing Australian viewers to watch the Matildas in action at the World Cup.
Going to be very interesting.
Good start for or beijing nemisis, DPR Korea, who drew 2-2 with the States.